Emmett Morell has a tongue-in-cheek suggestion for biologists who have had difficulty trapping and banding Aleutian cackling geese this year.
At least, I think it’s tongue-in-cheek.
“Have any of these researchers thought of going out to any golf course in the San Joaquin and Sacramento valleys?” Morell writes. “They will find all the cackling geese they want. Oh, please advise them to be careful when they arrive at these golf courses, they could slip in all the goose crap.
“If they can’t catch them at these golf courses, they are in the wrong business,” he adds. They can probably get pretty close to them if they disguise themselves as golfers. Ha!”
OK, but there’s a good chance the geese you’re seeing at the golf course are Canada geese, which are very similar to the Aleutian geese but are now considered to be a different species. Here’s a wonky explanation.